Can we just BE?

Remember when I used to make it a goal to blog once a week, so I could relax, reflect, and hopefully encourage someone in the process? Yeah, I remember that, too. Oh, the good old days . . . (aka, a couple of months ago!)

I tell myself that blogging can wait, because I have a lot to do, tons of responsibility, and many friendships to maintain. But if I can’t even get myself away from my friends for a couple of hours in order to process and fill myself up with Truth, how can I even think about pouring Truth into their lives?

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Spiritual Highs vs. Spiritual Steps

Do you remember that one time at camp you rededicated your life to Christ? Or maybe, if you’re like me, you probably remember rededicating your life multiple years at camp right after the band moved you to tears and right after that amazing sermon. Do you remember the last time you challenged yourself to read your Bible and pray every day? How long did that last? Sometimes, my personal devotion comes as waves, and I’m sick of chasing more and more “spiritual” things in my life . . .

There’s a difference between a spiritual high and a spiritual step.

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The Beauty of Change

I breathed in the smell of wood and fresh air, looked at array of red, orange, and green trees around me, and just smiled. Can this truly be real? With fall in full-swing, every place I seem to find in Upstate and Western New York is filled with gorgeous beauty and stunning colors. With the change of the leaves and the slow, yet evident shift from summer to winter, this season has a lot to tell us about life in general.

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10 Pros and Cons to a Christian University

This past weekend, I went to Penn State to visit a friend and watch a football game! I had a blast, but throughout the whole time I was there, I was hyper-aware that this college was not like my college back at home. I realized it was due to both the huge size difference (1,500 versus 45,000 undergrads) and also that Houghton College is a Christian school, while Penn State is not. I love both atmospheres for different reasons, and I could easily see myself at Penn State just as much as I see myself at Houghton.

In honor of my recent adventure, let’s look at the pros and cons of the choice to go to a Christian University versus a State School.

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I’m Not As Happy As You May Think

At first, I was going to title this post “how to be happy” but then realized that I didn’t want this to seem like a stereotypical “how-to” list with random GIFs that attract the majority of millenials trying to procrastinate on schoolwork. With open access for anyone to start their own blog, we encounter a lot of useless, silly posts that may be comical but also are a waste our time. I try not to write like that.

I don’t blog to get as many views as I can or provide people with an opportunity to procrastinate; I blog to remind myself of Truth and bring clarity in my own life and possibly in yours.

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Numb Faith

Have you ever been in a place where your faith became numb? If so, what did you do to get out of it?

Coming from a public High School where barely anyone shared the same faith as me, and the Dominican, where I was challenged and shown almost every single weakness I had, I now am at a spot where it’s super easy to become numb in my faith. The public school brought me opportunities to share my faith and strengthen it through testing it against other lifestyles/beliefs, while the Dominican brought me very godly people where I couldn’t help but see my weaknesses and grow to become more like Him. Right now, though, I’m kind of stuck.

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When God Disrupts Us

The fans are on, the room is pitch black, and everyone is asleep… But me.

If anyone knows me, they know that I am a heavy sleeper. It doesn’t matter who I’m with or where I am, I’ll fall asleep. Movies are the prime time for sleeping, and carpeted floors are strangely my favorite surface to sleep on. I take pride in my ability to fall asleep both during my own graduation party and and also while sitting upright in a car. I love my sleep.

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Aloneness vs. Loneliness

The pit-pattering of the rain falling on the plastic above me was barely keeping me dry. They told us to bring plastic, string, a mat, sleeping bag, and a water bottle, while only providing us 600 calories worth of food for our next thirty-six hours alone in the wilderness. With a pen running out of ink and lack of a Bible for half of the time due to forgetfulness earlier on this backpacking experience, I didn’t have much to do except think. Once I ran out of worship songs to sing in the midst of the banging rain, I would pray some more, daydream, and think. I’ve never been that alone in my life.

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